The Kentish Council (Australia) is set to look into a pause in overnightin Kentish Park, caused by a tragic incident that left a child in a hospital on New Year’s Day and shook the local community.
As per a report, on January 1, thepolice alleged a man drove his vehicle through a with three children and two adults at the West Kentish Road .
One of the injured children was taken to the Royal Hobart Hospital Intensive Care Unit for their injuries.
Kentish Mayor Tim Wilson said thehad a history of socially unacceptable behavior and the council was not willing to keep the status quo to continue.
“We have had trouble over the years, and it came to a head-on New Year’s Eve,” Councilor Wilson said. “Someone was badly hurt, and it could have ended in their death.”
“We’re aware we need to be better.”
In a report to Kentish Council, longstanding issues concerning poor reception on mobiles, the remote location, and the inability to have consistent security or police presence, due in part to the lack of resources, were identified as concerns.
However, the challenges of finding resources to ensure improvement of safety and security, possibly through the introduction offees, have also been discussed with the possibility of a violation of the law on competitive neutrality.
Competitive neutrality refers to the necessity for state-owned and private companies to compete on an equal playing field.
The report suggests that thewill close for overnight use immediately after Easter, with it not likely to reopen in the near future, as the council explores possibilities for improvements.
Some of the suggestions offered include returning theto Crown land, examining the possibility of bringing a private company to manage the , and enhancing the facilities.
Kentish Council will discuss their options at the council’s meeting tomorrow, March 15.
A greater security presence is expected to be present at theduring the Easter .
This story originally appeared on The Advocate.